I moved into Rileys & Co a couple of weekends ago, and my space is still a bit of a work in progress at the moment, but I’m really pleased with how it looks so far.
My Mum made me some cool bunting to decorate my display shelves.
Here are a few of the first bits of stock I took in…
Stuff for your walls! A selection of pictures, plaques and wall hangings.
I’ve got a little collection of novelty money boxes for sale, a selection of different sized plates to mix and match, and some drinking glass sets. In particular I love the set of two ‘You & Me’ glasses with gold rims.
Look at this vinyl bird apron. Every garden bird imaginable on one bird table, probably not really a very natural scene, but one I love nonetheless! The magnificent starling is my favourite bird of all time.
This is a bit of a random curio, a candle holder in the shape of a rabbit’s house. Based on a real rabbit’s house, I am sure!
I’ve added loads of things, too many to show here, so if you’re in Sheffield then I recommend a visit to Rileys & Co for a good look round. There are loads of other spaces filled with all manner of treasures, including antique, vintage, retro, handmade, recycled furniture, arts and crafts, rustic garden ornaments… and of course there is the lovely Rileys & Co cafe to visit too, which sells the best cake and coffee!
Lastly, the craziest thing in my unit at the moment is this wicker snake with a forked tongue. You can put pot plants in the holders, there’s space for five. It would look good with some bushy plants or trailing ivy, and when it’s stood in your conservatory I think there’ll be a lot of envy from your friends and fam.
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I’m going to be renting a dealer space at my favourite vintage shop, Rileys & Co, just off Abbeydale Road in Sheffield.
I’d been thinking for ages that it’d be good to have a real-life Magic Town Midway shop space, as well as my Etsy, and now it’s coming true!
I popped in a couple of weeks back to view a vacant area, and decided to take it, so I’ve been busy since then trying to source some display shelves, and finally got two sets delivered earlier this week.
Got loads of stuff to sort out before I start taking stock in at the end of the week. Think I’ll be spending the rest of the week washing and pricing things!
Had fun last Saturday, searching for treasures round the Sheffield charity shops with my friend Zaz!
Zaz came over from Stockport for the day so I laid on a special guided tour around my favourite charity shops in Woodseats, Crookes and Broomhill. We found some really random things, such as these delightful framed ‘Canals’ and ‘Trees’ pictures! Weird or wot?
Check out this excellent decoupage dog. And also the unusual artwork (bottom right) …I still can’t work out what it is!
If there’s one thing I love, it’s a good handmade card, and this is one of the finest I’ve ever seen. It was only 45p.
We went to Rileys & Co for lunch. I’ve been loads of times before but I’d never tried their cake.
…The cake did not disappoint! I chose the carrot one and can recommend it highly. Zaz had a cheesecake which she also said was excellent.
I like how all the menus in Rileys cafe are pegged inside vintage books. This was the one on our table…
There are so many cool things in Rileys…vintage and retro homewares, clothes and accessories, antiques, paintings and artwork, plus a selection of locally handmade crafts.
Rileys also has a cool outdoor toilet. A proper old-fashioned one at the bottom of the garden! I love it!
There’s a retro mod cafe next door called Okeh Cafe. It has a jukebox and amazing 50s diner interior. Sometimes there are loads of cool scooters parked outside.
Here are some of my treasures collected over the course of the day. The Dallas Simpson print and funny owl coasters are destined for the Magic Town Midway shop, but I don’t think I can bring myself to part with the brown bear money-box!
Also look at these amazing things Zaz gave me. A soap with a frog from Bomb Cosmetics, and the best bottle opener ever! Yes, a seal. Thanks Zaz!
I picked up some vintage fuzzy felt just before Christmas, and even though it was destined for the Magic Town Midway Etsy shop, I couldn’t wait to have a little play! I had quite a few fuzzy felt sets when I was little and spent hours creating stuff! This is the ‘Play School’ edition and the sheet inside is dated 1960. It’s in pretty good nick considering how old it is. The only problem was that I couldn’t find enough Y’s in the box to complete my New Year’s message for Instagram! Oh well! It still looks good anyway don’t you think?!
I love the graphics on the box, and some of the instructions on the sheet are so dated it’s ridiculous. The sheet refers only to a male child throughout!? I do love all the little pictures of the full range of fuzzy felt sets on the other side though, it makes me wish I had all of them!
If you love fuzzy felt too, this set is available from the Magic Town Midway Etsy shop, and not only that, but you can save 30% off the usual price until the end of January. Hooray! Happy New Ear!
I had a great time at the Etsy Made Local Christmas market earlier this month! It was a two-day event running from the 2nd – 3rd December and was organised by Sophie, Jayne and Rob from the Etsy Sheffield Team. It was the first fair I’d done in ages, so I was really excited about it.
The market took place at the Cutlers’ Hall in Sheffield city centre. I’d never been inside before. It’s so ornate, I really loved it. You wouldn’t think it was so grand from the outside.
All the previous fairs I’ve done have been craft fairs or trade shows selling greeting cards, so it was my first outing into the real world with Magic Town Midway.
It was good to meet customers face to face and find out which sort of things seemed to sell and which didn’t. I was surprised that I sold very few of the Christmas items I took for some reason, even though there was a very festive vibe and Christmas songs playing all day to get people in the mood! You can never tell what will take people’s fancy though! Here I am at my stall…
Of course I took way too much stuff with me, and had the same amount of stock again under the table in boxes!
One of the items which attracted the most attention was this celery jar. Lots of people picked it up and said things like ‘No wayyyy my Great Aunt Mary had one of those!’. The little squirrel nutkin brush seen below was also a firm favourite with everyone who saw him, although he didn’t manage to find a home.
Here’s a brilliant photo by Heather Isobel Photography of the Etsy Sheffield stallholders, gathered on the grand staircase just before we opened on the Saturday morning.
And this is my photo.. taken all the way from the back of the group!
The main hall was very grand and perfect for a Christmas market. It got very busy, especially on the Saturday.
Rob manning the stall…
I love this next photo! So happy that Mr. Celery found a new home in time for Xmas! 🙂
There are so many talented artists and makers in the team, not to mention vintage sellers too! Check out the Sheffield Sellers on Etsy site here for more info and links to all the traders who took part in this year’s event.
Look at these beauties I got from fellow vintage seller Laura at Grey Day Vintage. Aren’t they fab! Loads more cool things in her shop too, so have a look!
Hopefully there will be another Etsy Made Local hosted in Sheffield next Christmas. Follow the Facebook page to stay tuned, and for info on events running throughout the year.